Michael Hawksworth is an artist working in a variety of media and processes including inkjet, colour pencil, gouache, acrylic and collage. His work avoids easy categorisation as either abstract or figurative and prefers an ambiguous relationship to both. His conceptual interests lie in psychology, psuedo-science, esoterica and the strange narratives that can be detected under the surfaces of images and words. The artist has studied creative writing at Victoria University, as well as gaining a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University. He has twice been the recipient of the Mary Vigor Brown Trust Supreme Award. In 2009 he was invited to mount a solo exhibition, a disaster area, at the Napier Museum and Art Gallery. He exhibits regularly in group and solo shows in Hawkes Bay and in Auckland. His most recent solo exhibition, New Work, was shown at Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland in 2013.